13 Oct 2017
Mahatma Gandhi attained some of his most transcendent insights and perceptions when reading and writing according to Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture research scholar, Professor Satendra Nandan.
Professor Nandan's comments were part of his recent Gandhi Oration at the National Press Club to mark the UN's International Day of non-violence on 3 October 2017.
The title of his address, 'The Making of the Mahatma: The Markings of the Outsider-Writer' was followed by a short response from the Executive Director of the ACC&C Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard.
Professor Nandan said that even though Gandhi had written only one book, Satyagraha in South Africa, his works fill more than 100 volumes which comprise of speeches, letters, dialogues, columns, pamphlets, leaflets, petitions and prayers.
Gandhi's writings went onto influence one of Australia's greatest writers, Patrick White.
"Gandhi's writings may not be 'literature' or even philosophical treatises, as many understand these, but they are deeply creative acts of self-awareness and reflexivity," Professor Nandan said.
In response, Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard highlighted Gandhi's commitment to truth and empowerment through service and humility of life.
Image: Professor Satendra Nandan, Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard and Dr Rakesh Malhotra.
"Sustained engagement of the kind of Gandhi exemplified requires an inner composure and deep faith," Professor Pickard said.
A copy of both addresses are available on the scholars section of this website under publications. Professor Nandan's address can be downloaded here and Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard's address can be read here.
You can watch the full address and response on the youtube links below.